Kobe Bryant is still better than LeBron James. Here’s why

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Stats Aren’t Everything

Stats have been a huge deal for the past eight years it seems like. Everyday, ESPN or some media company is forcing stats down our throats.

Even if the stats aren’t even as important, these companies will try influencing the casual audience that stats are everything. In reality, they’re not.

One of the key arguments for making the case that LeBron is better than Kobe, is because of his stats. People need to listen up and hear the truth.

There are no stats that account for key buckets made throughout the game to swing momentum or stop an opponent’s run.

There are no metrics that measure if someone wants the ball in crunch time or not. No metrics that account for key deflections, or even a players willingness to guard the opponent’s best player.

There is definitely no metric that can measure heart, mental and or physical toughness in adversity. No metric that measures the confidence teammates feel when a player of greatness is on their squad and how that can elevate their play.

What I described is what Kobe all excels in. Stats don’t support the claim that Tim Duncan is a top ten player of all-time, but he is.

This is the problem with today’s audience in the NBA. Most of the casual fans don’t even watch the games, and will just base arguments and comparisons by just utilizing stats. I’m not saying that stat’s aren’t important, but when you use them as your only argument, then you already lost.